BOULDER, Colorado (Ticker) -- Michel Morandais drilled the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:57 left and Colorado scored the final 13 points to post a 93-80 Big 12 victory over No. 3 Texas.
Morandais, who scored 24 points, snapped an 80-80 tie and touched off the game-ending burst as the Buffaloes (13-7, 3-4 Big 12) ended a six-game losing streak against the Longhorns.
Blair Wilson hit five 3-pointers and finished with 23 points as Colorado denied Texas a share of the Big 12 lead with just its second win in five games.
"This is a great win for our kids and for the fans," Colorado coach Ricardo Patton said. "Rebounding and transition defense were the keys for us tonight."
Brandon Mouton and James Thomas each scored 19 points and T.J Ford collected 15 and eight assists as the Longhorns (14-4, 5-2) suffered their second straight road loss.
Ford dished out eight assists and hit 9-of-10 from the foul line, but had his typical sub-par effort from the floor, hitting. The sophomore, a 41 percent shooter on the season, went 3-of-12 from the field. He has gone just 16-of-43 (37 percent) while Texas has lost two of its last three games.
Morandais had seven assists and shot 9-of-15 from the floor, falling a point short of his season high as the Buffs shot 48.5 percent (32-of-66) and held a 45-35 rebounding advantage.
"This is probably the best effort we had, particularly from the guys that play the bulk of the minutes," Patton said. "If all our guys show up on the same night we can have a good team."
Morandais was matched up defensively with Ford, a fellow point guard.
"It's a compliment to play point guard, I help my team any way I can," he said. I had to step up, take charge and help my teammates out."
Stephane Pelle collected 18 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks and David Harrison added 16 points and six boards for Colorado, which notched its second victory in two weeks over a top 10 foe.
"When David and I are playing against teams that are good rebounders, that is when we step up and make sure we get the ball," Pelle said.
The Buffaloes downed then-No. 6 Kansas on January 22 before falling at Texas Tech and Missouri. They have won six straight at home and are 8-1 this season at the Coors Events Conference Center.
Harrison sank a basket to give the Buffaloes an 80-74 lead with 2:49 to go, but Royal Ivey hit two free throws and Ford sank four in a row to even the game with 2:14 left.
The lead was the first of more than four points by either team in the second half.
After Morandais' 3-pointer, Colorado hit on 6-of-7 free throws over the next minute, three by freshman Antoine McGee and two each by Wilson and Morandais. Harrison made a layup and then sank a foul shot with 21 seconds to go for the final margin.
After Brian Boddicker's 3-pointer with 6:18 remaining, the Longhorns missed their final 10 shots.
"I think it was our turnovers, and the fact that Colorado's post (players) did an excellent job," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "When you are coming down the stretch like that, you have to make a basket every time, especially when they are playing a great game, like Colorado played tonight."
Texas took its biggest lead at 31-19 on two free throws by Ford midway through the first period, but the Buffaloes closed within 40-38 by halftime.